Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Offensive Any of the former Black homelands in South Africa.

Etymologies

From Bantu (on the model of Hindustan).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • MICHAEL HIRSH, "NEWSWEEK" MAGAZINE: Well, from his point of view, it would have created what he called a Bantustan (ph) type setup for the Palestinian state, namely armed camps surrounded by Israeli soldiers, Gaza and the West Bank, the areas that would have formed the new Palestinian state, would have been essentially cut off each other and under Israeli control.

    CNN Transcript May 4, 2002

  • The term "Bantustan" is therefore a complete misnomer, and merely tends to help the Nationalists perpetrate a fraud.

    VERWOERD'S GRIM PLOT

  • (This applies equally to the so-called Bantustan areas in South Africa.)

    The Rise of the South African Reich - Chapter 15

  • Those who do not own an allotment are being removed to work colonies for the landless, which the government prefers to call Bantustan towns.

    South Africa: The Peasants Revolt

  • Saying it would have been a "Bantustan" looks a bit much.

    Joe Sacco's Palestine: Some Unanswered Questions, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • • They repeat Yasir Arafat's "Bantustan" accusation - that Prime Minister Barak didn't offer the Palestinians a contiguous West Bank in 2000 - concluding, contrary to the published maps, that "no Israeli government has been willing to offer the Palestinians a viable state of their own."

    Alan Dershowitz: A Challenge to Walt and Mearsheimer's Publisher

  • All Palestinians got was a plan dividing the West Bank into four isolated "Bantustan" cantons surrounded by Israeli settlements and continued occupation with no resolution of their fundamental long-standing problems and core issues.

    A Review of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe

  • "Bantustan" parties, a carry-over from the apartheid years, have continued to lose support.

    ANC Today

  • This was necessary to ensure the "queues of people without social security grants" were brought to an end, especially in the rural areas and the former "Bantustan" homelands.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • But partition is also being worked up, mainly from outside the United Nations, and partition is a kind of bantustan policy because it is based on the trick, which has been resorted to, of talking about Bantu nations in South Africa and

    APARTHEID AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

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